Work with and learn from some of today's most significant working artists.

Each year, the Visiting Artist Series brings several notable artists to ASLD to teach master classes, which supplement existing ongoing classes and workshops. This extraordinary opportunity allows students and artists from the community to work with and learn from some of today’s most significant working artists. ASLD is indebted to the visionary support of the Olson-Vander Heyden Foundation and the advisory committee.

Summer Visiting Artist: Xochi Solis

Solis creates spectacular multilayered, collaged paintings constructed of paint, hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. The artist considers the repeated act of layering in her work a meditation on color, texture, and shape,all leading to a greater awareness of the visual intricacies found in her immediate environment. Solis received her B.F.A. in
Studio Art from the University of Texas in 2005.

You may have seen her work in person currently featured in Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (2017). In 2016, Solis held a residency at Pele Prints in St. Louis, MO and in 2013 was a resident artist at Arquetopia in Oaxaca, Mexico learning to work with natural pigments. Solis was born & lives in Austin, TX.

Join us for a lecture with Xochi Solis who will share her influences on her studio practice over the last 11 years, and her most recent projects including the commissioned work at the Denver Art Museum.
June 15 | Thursday, 6:30-8PM
$5 for members, $10 for non-members

XOCHI SOLIS | Ability: All
“Reflections on mood and emotional states, integrated with an exploration of material and color, are central to my current artistic practice.” For Xochi Solis’ community-based workshop, participants will explore the method of looking at culture, identity, memory and place that Solis has utilized for her installation We were not always fallen from the mountain currently on view at the Denver Art Museum…
Saturday, June 17
Morning Workshop Session: Memory & Place    9AM-12PM | $15 
Afternoon Workshop Session: Identity & Visibility    1-4PM | $15 

Thank you to our series sponsors!

Connie Burwell White and William W. White Foundation

Some of our past visiting artists have included:

  • Beth Cavener gave a sold out lecture and demonstrated her monumental sized animal sculptures in person during a three day long demo.
  • Ricardo Miranda Zuniga in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, Zuniga offered a lecture, adult workshop and teen workshop
  • Erick Meyenberg, also in conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas, Meyenberg offered a lecture pertaining to his installation work
  • Jan-Ru Wan gave a week long installation workshop that concluded with a student exhibition
  • Becky Yazdan discussed her abstract paintings and lead a workshop
  • Gail Rieke– gave a lecture and workshop emphasizing her interest in traveling and journalling as part of her installation work
  • John Balistreri, who demonstrated his techniques for making large-scale sculpture in clay and lectured on his pioneering work utilizing 3D rapid prototyping technology to create unique ceramic objects.
  • Jenny Morgan, who lectured and taught a Master Class on the psychological self-portrait.
  • Bonnie Stahlecker, who brought her bookmaking techniques to ASLD in partnership with the Guild of Bookworkers, and lectured on the evolution of her books to sculpture.
  • Patrick Horsley, who demonstrated his techniques in thrown and altered ceramic forms.
  • Bill Amundson, who lectured on his creative process and led a master class in drawing.
  • Jenny Dubnau, who taught a master class and lectured on her creative process in painting psychological portraits.
  • Del Harrow, who led students through exercises and experiments with new and old techniques in stoneware clay and casting slip after an instructor-lead visit to the concurrent Marvelous Mud exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
  • Matt Brown, who introduced the Japanese Hanga Method in a woodblock printmaking workshop. See also Wood and Water article on Matt’s work.
  • Ricardo Mazal, who presented his unique artistic process, which incorporates abstract painting along with digital photography and technology, monotypes, and video. See also Finding Meaning in the Abstract article on Ricardo’s work.
  • Jeanette Pasin Sloan, who works in the great still-life tradition of Western art and takes a distinctly modernist approach to design and color.
  • Richard Notkin, whose teapots, ceramic sculptures, and tile murals are visual explorations into social and political commentary.
  • Chinese artist Yang Yang, who came to Denver with the Asian Arts Coordinating Council.
  • We introduced Zimbabwe sculptor Collen Nyanhongo.
  • Also, VSA arts Colorado partnered with us to bring deaf Israeli artist Uzi Buzgalo to the League to present workshops.

Advisory committee: Rachel Basye, Mark Friday, Tom Burke, Sandy Carson, Richard Chanzit, Peter Durst, Colleen Fanning, Homare Ikeda, Gayla Lemke, Katharine Smith-Warren and Sharon Walsh